How Does AZOR Work?Amlodipine (one of the components of AZOR) is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
The other component of AZOR (olmesartan) belongs to a group of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (often referred to as "ARBs"). Angiotensin II is a very potent vasoconstrictor (which means that it causes blood vessels to narrow, which, in turn, increases blood pressure).
Olmesartan works by blocking angiotensin II receptors, preventing angiotensin II from having an effect on the blood vessels. This helps the blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure.
AZOR Use in ChildrenAmlodipine has not been studied in children younger than six years old. Olmesartan has not been studied in children or adolescents under 18 years of age. The combination medication (AZOR) has not been studied in any children or adolescents. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the potential benefits and risks of using AZOR in children.
Off-Label AZOR UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend AZOR for something other than the uses discussed in this article. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label AZOR uses.